Applications are invited for fully funded PhD positions in Safe Human-Robot Interaction at the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM). Students with an interest in human-robot interaction, safety and biomechanics are encouraged to submit their applications.

Project description
Safety issues during physical human-robot interaction has attracted increasing attention from researchers in various fields of robotics. This is motivated by the fact that human and robot will work intensively and closely together. In order to ensure human safety for various human-robot contact scenarios, potential threats should be studied and safe human–robot interaction strategies should be developed. This can include:

- Design and analysis of collision experiments and/or testing devices
- Development and verification of collision simulations
- Survey of biomechanics and forensics literature
- Motion planning and/or control schemes for ensuring human safety
- Prediction and control for optimal safety and performance trade-off
- Adaption to the sensor field of view

We are looking for individuals with experience in the following areas and strong interest to further develop their skills:

- Masters-level degree in Robotics, Mechatronics, Computer Science or closely related
- Strong background in robotics and control
- Proficient programming experience (e.g. C++, MATLAB/Simulink, ROS)
- Strong communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English
- Enthusiastic and highly motivated to complete a PhD
- Prior experience in human-robot interaction, safety and biomechanics is a plus

Applications should include the following documents:

- A motivation letter describing your research interests, your qualifications, and why you would be a suitable candidate
- A detailed CV
- Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
- Email addresses of at least two references

Interested applicants should send us the necessary documents via email to: quoting “PhD Application, Safe Human-Robot Interaction” in the e-mail subject. Positions will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.